Yousai Inoue

“Clear and pure”. Formed with tōso and covered with paper.

  • Dolls
  • Presented in 2013
  • H 40.0 cm
  • $4,306

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Category Dolls
Year Presented 2013
Dimensions H 40.0 cm
Exhibition The 60th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

Yousai Inoue

photo Yousai Inoue

1. My source of creation is insatiable curiosity and spirit of inquiry. My imagination is added to this, a theme is born, followed by the form and colors. 2. A doll is made in the form of a human, but I want to keep it dreamy in a way. I want to make pure, beautiful and cute dolls that people would want to keep beside them for a long time. 3. I mainly use wooden core covered with tōso (mixture of paulownia sawdust and paste) to make the dolls, but I sometimes make papier- mâché dolls and carved wooden dolls. 4. I cover the dolls with paper or cloth. Recently, I use mineral pigments and urushi lacquer to paint the dolls. 5. I started using urushi lacquer because of its excellent durability. I hope my dolls will remain as they are now even after I'm gone..